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Christmas Tour of Homes to be held
Houston County Courier - November 2009
The Jordan School will host the 2009 Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The tour will highlight nine area houses that have been decorated for the holiday season.
Pre-sale tickets are $8 or $10 at the door.
Tickets are available at The Jordan School or Moosehead Cafe'.
For more information call 544-4049.
Among the homes on the tour are the Lovell residence, Sulewski residence, Davies residence, Wichers residence, Clonts residence, Warfield House, Smith House, Downes-Aldrich House, and Monroe-Crook House.
The Courier will publish information about the houses on the tour in each edition prior to the event.
The Davies Home
The Alice Davies Home at 127 Enchanted Estates Drive was designed by her late husband, Bob.
They chose to move to Crockett in 2003 to be near their daughter and son in law, Suzy and Louis Cook.
Of Country French architecture, it features an open living plan with views of Mrs. Davies beautiful gardens.
A unique feature of the home is the hobby area where Davies built his award winning model airplanes. Not to be missed, is the glass display case housing his scale models, many of them World War I Navy biplanes, his favorites.
Also, an accomplished carpenter, one of his last projects to complete before his death, was an office area for Mrs. Davies. Because she is very active in state and national garden club work, he converted one of the bedrooms into a home office just for her, with bookcases to hold all her books, computer, and reference material.
For Christmas the home features Mrs. Davies’ vast collection of angels. Just about every angel has a story, reminding her of a friend, family member, or place she has visited. Every room in the home will have angels. There are angels on the tree, on the mantel and bookshelves, on the dining table, on walls, in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, and of course in the garden! She has so many, that if she were to buy one for herself today, she says it must “speak to her!”
The Clonts Home
Facing Goliad Avenue and just left of the entrance to Enchanted Estates, sits a stately two story brick home purchased by Joni and Buddy Clonts in 2008.
It was originally built in 1954 by the Hervey family and designed by Crockett’s own Alma Turner Sevier.
The beautiful wrought iron detail adds Louisiana charm to the traditional exterior. Almost all of the interior doorways feature pocket doors, an unusual but practical feature that saves wall space. One of Alma Sevier’s trademarks was her use of the color aqua. While updating the interior, Ms. Clonts left the aqua color in the closets as a reminder of the home’s heritage.
Ms. Clonts has picked up several special items from estate sales including a chandelier from Madisonville that just happened to also be designed by Mrs. Sevier, and a grand piano that belonged to Dr. Carl Murray’s sister. She plans to have Christmas music played on the piano during the tour of homes, adding a special touch to her traditional Christmas décor.